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tv   Soviet Medias Portrait of the United States  CSPAN  September 30, 2017 1:50pm-2:01pm EDT

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c-span.org. c-span were history unfolds daily. >> you are watching american history tv all weekend every weekend. to join the conversation like us on facebook at c-span history. in 2011 the cia declassified over 200 documents on the soviet union. and the release or video briefings created by the director of the intelligence. i've next central america one of includes the portrait of the out-of-state spirit in nine minute video. >> the people don't have power in your country. what you have is crime, sadism and unemployment.
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and don't think you're young people do anything but harm to their country. ♪ >> "beat it" was an unprecedented hit. >> the americans are preparing for war. we don't want more, we are preparing for self-defense. america tries to supply other countries with more and more armaments. what do they need all those weapons for? ♪
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>> [speaking russian] >> our tv can always be trusted. i would never trust american tv, all of those channels and different programs. >> in recent years, the soviet media has said much about the american way of life and its portrait of america is a dark one. it is designed to convince the soviet people that our social system is anything but desirable. it emphasizes violence, drug abuse, unemployment and overall exportation of the american people by the government. since the average soviet citizen has no alternative source of information about the united states, the soviet version is probably accepted at face value. the soviet people, however, seem to be curious about america, and impressed by its material success.
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last year, a lengthy article was published titled "incurable disease," which dealt with u.s. bank failures. moscow was saying 40 million americans were "literally starving," while a select group of capitalist continued to get richer. moscow celebrated the fourth of july last year by assuring viewers that "america is the quintessence of an unjust capitalist system that keeps millions of families living below the official poverty line." the unemployed are described as being deprived of the right to work, while moscow television shows film of locked factory gates and people being evicted from their homes. the message is the capitalist system in america is unfair and is, in fact, a failure at providing for basic human needs or maintaining continued national growth.
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this broadly distorted statement is aimed at convincing the soviet people that soviet communism works much better by providing economic security for them. the u.s. economy, as described by the soviet media, is being driven by rating militarism. defense spending is reported to be the cause of unemployment in civilian industries, and also because of the huge federal deficit. the soviet defense ministry newspaper says that american young people are receiving militarist brainwashing from films like "rambo." also malicious and distorted is a film about a kgb agent on the job in the u.s. and "red dawn," which depicts the invasion of colorado by soviet troops. that same paper said president reagan have personally
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participated in the brainwashing by calling on american youngsters to model themselves after john wayne. the degree to which personal attacks are leveled on the american president and other high american officials will very according to immediate political circumstances in soviet-american relations. such attacks are part of a more general assault by the soviet media, which blames the u.s. for the arms race and says that washington follows a policy of state terrorism and international banditry. they say the u.s. arms policy is a next her of hypocrisy and cynicism. on racial and social problems, the united states is depicted as a country plagued by discrimination, where the situation is getting worse rather than better. according to moscow television, so-called civil rights are a fiction, racism and racial discrimination continue to be
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the shame of resin they america, was white racists stepping of activity. there is said to be no equality of opportunity with neither blacks or hispanics getting a fair chance in american society. moscow pictures racial problems as permeating american life. minor offense to get little attention from u.s. media are presented in the soviet union as typical. for example, in chicago, a hispanic union organizer was murdered in 1983. two years later, the only mention is a brief story on the inside page of the chicago tribune. that story was about a march held in his memory. but russia reviewed the case as an alleged case of big business keeping workers subjugated. another kind of soviet manipulation is the russian
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edition of the book "working." the u.s. version reports successes and failures in nearly 600 pages. the russian translation is about one third as long and emphasizes the failures and disappointments of working americans. the soviet media portrays the u.s. political system as an oligarchy ruled by the capitalists who control the impoverished masses. moscow radio said the american public has been lost by the demagoguery of those who have been bought by capital. they say american society is repressive and are in the opposition of their own people. they have said that thousands of political prisoners are languishing in u.s. prisons today.
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a man was accused in 1977 of murdering two fbi agents. it has almost been forgotten here. the russian paper published seven stories about him this past september. other soviet papers ran prominent coverage. the soviets seem to be using this case to counter u.s. publicity about their own political prisoners. according to another moscow report, americans who oppose u.s. military policy are described as peace fighters who are oppressed on a monstrous scale by american secret police. communists describe them as speaking for widespread attitudes but they are
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suppressed for challenging the system. when it was suggested to a moscow tv anchorman that soviet media distorts news about america, he replied -- >> i would disagree. we are showing private lives, high society, miss america. >> recently, moscow television presented a dramatization of an american novel. the story's deals with the suspension of the american bill of rights and is set sometime in the future. moscow television sought to use this theme to make a point about the future of america. a commentator said that the sense of hopelessness and fear of the future are dramatically pushing up suicide, crime, drug addiction, alcoholism and divorce statistics. in the final scenes of the famous story "the picture of
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dorian gray," the portrait takes on a hideous appearance. the soviet media seems bent on portraying to the soviet people a similar vision of america. works of up next, we continue to take a look at the soviet union. the internal propaganda is a 15 minute film from 1995, and telling what the cia argues is a vast system of indoctrination that discourages individualism and encourages passive acceptance of chrome and roles from cradle-to-grave. in 2011, the information management service classified over 200 documents regarding intelligent on the soviet union. the cia provided the reagan administration, including enemies were video briefings created by the director of intelligence for policymakers.

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